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Fios1Tipster Michael Garrett snapped this picture as Verizon trucks rolled through Upper Montclair last week installing fiber optic cable for the phone company’s new blazing fast FIOS service.

Verizon’s Richard J. Young confirmed that parts of Baristaville were indeed being wired with the thin transparent fiber, usually made of glass or plastic. Bundled services featuring high speed internet, phone service and a multitude of on demand movies, sports programming as well as standard and high definition programs would “soon be available.”

Comcast is also moving in on Verizon’s turf. We’re hoping that the Verizon crews are neater and cleaner than their cable cousins. When Comcast upgraded us last year to make us phone call worthy, here’s the mess they left behind:

Mess  Mess2

Let the price wars begin…

April 19, 2006 in Seen around town | Permalink


Dear Barista, I live in Red Bank where Verizon has already received approval for their TV franchise. I too eagerly await their high-def service. I am however; asking our town council to ask Verizon for some concessions during the franchise contract negotiations. I've posted some of my concerns on my web site: www.redbanktv.org and I hope that you might find what I've written interesting.

Thanks -- Tom

Posted by: Tom L | Apr 19, 2006 9:16:20 AM

That's small compared with the mess PSE&G left in my town when they installed new exterior gas meters. My basement flooded because of those bastards, they wrecked the drainage system on my house. I don't expect any utility worker to be concerned with anything other than doing a minimally acceptable job as fast as possible so they can go home at noon.

Posted by: crank | Apr 19, 2006 9:26:19 AM

You had to vacuum the rug? The horror.

Though, no friend of Comcast am I.

Isn't capitalism a beautiful thing? I can't wait for someone, anyone to be at the throat of Comcast.

Posted by: Right of Center™ | Apr 19, 2006 9:47:05 AM

Come on Verizon! The $100 a month I pay Comcast for Televison and High Speed Internet connections is too high by 50 per cent at least. Come dirty my rug, dig up my lawn...whatever is necessary.

Posted by: Byron | Apr 19, 2006 10:01:24 AM

"You had to vacuum the rug? The horror."

The point is that if you're hired to work in someone's home, you should leave it in the condition in which you found it. You make a mess, you clean it up. That's just good manners.

Posted by: Miss Martta | Apr 19, 2006 10:07:48 AM

I've had to vacuum the rug for nearly all contractor work in my home.

Posted by: Right of Center™ | Apr 19, 2006 10:12:50 AM

It would take me five paragraphs to detail the complete idiocy displayed by every single human being (that might be a stretch) I've dealt with at Comcast in the past month ... a month long ordeal to have one simple task completed, and they screwed up every single step.
ANd the morons they actually send out to your house are just always so pleasant, so capable of following the instructions they were given, and have such a mastery of the English language.
Verizon... the bar is pretty damn low. The competition is more than welcome.

Posted by: darren | Apr 19, 2006 10:13:45 AM

Admit it. . . .your constant snide, smirking BS, turning every minute aspect of life into a political debate, is really tiresome, even to you sometimes, right? I assume your family (if any) and friends (if any) shut it down a long time ago, but you must get tired of your own BS sometime too, right? I imagine it's a tough cross to bear. Everytime someone mentions how their daughter is off to sell Girl Scout cookies, or their son is off to the public library, or how they need to go to the post office to buy stamps, how they want to see a certain show or concert . . . every single thing is some form of an invite to get your oppressed back up, mount your high horse, and rant again the ruling liberal class of Montclair. God, man, I wouldn't want to be you.

Posted by: montclair_is_crazy | Apr 19, 2006 10:17:32 AM


I am bitching about Comcast. As is my right.

Posted by: Right of Center™ | Apr 19, 2006 10:19:50 AM

"as is my right" what about the fact that we don't want to hear it? isn't that our right?

i vote that there should be at least one ROC-free day per week.

Posted by: pissant | Apr 19, 2006 10:22:19 AM

"we don't want to hear it?"

Thankfully, it doesn't work that way.

Posted by: Right of Center™ | Apr 19, 2006 10:23:45 AM

I use a Dyson to vacuum my rug

Posted by: Shitalker | Apr 19, 2006 10:43:53 AM

does he have a Green Card?

Posted by: j | Apr 19, 2006 10:45:52 AM

if you mean ROC.

i'm sure that his family has been here a long time. they came and stole land from the original occupants but that doesn't matter now. at least not to him.

maybe his mom is a member of the Daughters of the American Republic.

down here we call him Farmer Jim

Posted by: pissant | Apr 19, 2006 10:52:08 AM

Admit it, montclair_is_crazy, your post above was a mite overwrought. Even if you offered it up in good faith as a member of the "ruling liberal class" of Montclair. God, man, Loren, whatever, I in turn wouldn't want to be you.

And p'ant, if you don't like it, you simply don't have to read it. You know that. I, in turn, wondered this morning why it took you all of 4 posts and almost a a half hour (based on posting times) to jeer at others for their Bloomfield school votes. Couldn't it all have been said in one post? No worries about overexposure there, eh?

Posted by: cathar | Apr 19, 2006 10:55:20 AM


i was multitasking. you should try it some time. actually, i jeered a no one for voting. i jeered at them for not voting or for having sour grapes.

not voting is different than voting. do you recognize the difference?

Posted by: pissant | Apr 19, 2006 10:58:00 AM

When my brother worked for Bell Telephone years ago as a residential installer, he told me he would take special care to be neat and clean even going as far as removing his shoes if working in a carpeted area. This resulted in receiving a tip on many occasions.

Posted by: BeanCounter | Apr 19, 2006 11:04:53 AM

i knew Bell tel years ago and Verizon is no Bell telephone, sir. the picture is, i believe a pedestal off of Park St, those guys better watch out for the paper wasps by the garage

Posted by: j | Apr 19, 2006 11:22:30 AM

I did mean, p'ant, that you jeered at them for their lack of voting. I thought that was implicit in how I used my verbs, but if not, my apologies. I was multi-tasking at the time, by way of explanation. (Even so, however, it doesn't generally take me four posts, or almost 30 minutes, to generate but one unified thought.)

Posted by: cathar | Apr 19, 2006 11:24:03 AM


they were 4 distinct thoughts. glad you were entralled enough with them to take a look at the posting times.

i think i took a shower between 1 & 2 or did i eat breakfast then and take the showed between 3 & 4. lets see i was also paying bills on line and brushing the cat

how does "to jeer at others for their Bloomfield school votes." translate into lack of voting?

does "lack of voting" mean decided not to vote or that they missed their vote?

Posted by: pissant | Apr 19, 2006 11:34:01 AM

Montclair_is_Crazy is the perfect nom de plume for the champion of "the ruling liberal class of Montclair".

ROC's paen in favor of competition did not warrant your foaming rant. Must have been a lot of pent up frustration over his pricking your sacred bubbles.

Posted by: Byron | Apr 19, 2006 11:38:16 AM

pean or course

Posted by: Byron | Apr 19, 2006 11:39:42 AM

course of what?

you and ROC must be related or maybe you're just an offshoot.

Posted by: pissant | Apr 19, 2006 12:36:49 PM

Anyone who has read this site for more than a few months realizes full well that a story entitled "Local Girl, Age 5, Fights for Life at Mountainside" will soon followed by a ROC post spewing about liberals, Hillary, health care, etc. A post entitled "Montclair HS Seniors Get National Award" will be followed with a post about vouchers, liberals, Corzine, etc. Seen it time and time again. The guy simply cannot help himself.

Posted by: montclair_is_crazy | Apr 19, 2006 12:53:10 PM

along with quotes that aren't really quotes but summaries and characterizations.

and by the way Byron, did you mean paean? and yes i agree ROC does behave in a "pricklike manner"
(a characterization of your previous post place in quotes a la the great man himself)

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